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Legislator Savage’s Local Law Restricting Electronic Cigarettes is Approved


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Buffalo, NY- At the regular session of the Erie County Legislature held on February 26, 2015, the Legislature approved by a vote of 9-1, a Local Law sponsored by Legislator Peter Savage (D-Buffalo and Tonawanda), restricting the use of electronic cigarettes and “vaping” in indoor public places in Erie County that are already smoke-free. 

“The purpose of this law is to protect the public’s absolute right to breathe clean air.  This is not a ban, but rather a reasonable restriction on the use of these products in indoor public places,” stated Legislator Savage in remarks during the session.

The Legislature’s vote followed months of fact-finding, committee meetings, and public hearings in which several doctors, medical experts and public health organizations, including the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the Buffalo-Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition, the Wellness Institute of WNY, and the Commissioner of the Erie County Health Department warned of the dangers and risks that the emissions from Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping pose to the public’s health. The Legislature also heard from school officials and students at both the college and high school levels as to the growing use and popularity of Electronic Cigarettes and vaping by teens.

Legislator Savage continued “It is incumbent upon us as legislators to ensure that our laws are updated to reflect the technology and practices of today.  We understand that many people are using these products for well-intended reasons like quitting smoking.  We are simply asking for the common courtesy that they not do so in indoor public places, so that those who do not wish to be exposed to emissions while attending movies, shopping at super markets, or enjoying meals with their families at restaurants do not have to.”

The local law will now be sent to the County Executive for review and final approval.